Mind/Body/Spirit

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC

We’ve all had days that push us toward the edge. The chaos likely starts around mid-shift and may go something like this: Radiology calls for bed 3, bed 6 is late for discharge, the emergency department is waiting to send two new admits, and Mr. Gilbert’s wife . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN, FAAN, and Michelle Miller, JD, RN

Registered nurses (RNs) with physical disabilities experience discrimination in the workplace. Researchers have found that nurses with disabilities often leave the nursing profession because they feel discriminated against or they fear they will jeopardize patient safety. However, there are no documented incidents of patient injury related specifically to a nurse . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

Thirty years ago, Brigadier General Sarah Wells began the tradition of gathering nurses together to place flowers on the graves of nurses who served in the U.S. military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This biannual tradition continues today.
Wells served as Air Force Nurse Corps Chief from . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

Moral distress occurs when one recognizes one’s moral responsibility in a situation; evaluates the various courses of action; and identifies, in accordance with one’s beliefs, the morally correct decision—but is then prevented from following through.

The literature is replete with the mounting evidence of the incidence and . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Tracey Long, PhD, RN, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN

“I hate my body.”
“I’m such a fat, worthless cow.”
“Where did all these gray hairs and wrinkles come from?”
“I have total thunder thighs.”
“How could anyone find me attractive when I look like this?”
“My body is such a burden.”
If you’re like 97% of the . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Susan Bartlett, BSN, RN

In a perfect world, we nurses would be inspired daily by our patient experiences. They would come in such abundance that overtime, computer crashes, and 10-minute meal breaks would be minor nuisances brushed off like a piece of lint on our scrubs.

The reality is this: Some days are . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Tara Slagle, MSN, BSN, RN

 

It’s been a stressful day at work — nothing new. Your patient fell, an I.V. line became occluded right when you were ready to hang a blood infusion, and a patient’s family became angry with you. We all experience stressful days, but unfortunately, sometimes we take our . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Amy Steinbinder, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Preventable medical errors account for 440,000 deaths each year and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to The Joint Commission, communication failure is the third most commonly identified root cause of all sentinel events. A 2005 study titled “Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial . . .

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Linda Johanson, EdD, MS, RN, CNE

It’s still dark outside our tiny pup tent, and the air feels humid after the sudden torrential downpour the evening before. The melodies of unusual songbirds welcome the morning to this remote village medical clinic in rural Uganda, where our U.S. team of volunteer healthcare professionals has come . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Kim Horvath, BSN, RN

If you’ve ever floated,  you know the experience can be challenging at times. Wher – ever you work, you may sometimes feel you don’t have enough hours in the day to complete all your tasks, especially when working in clinical situations less familiar to you.
To float effectively and . . .

February 2016 Vol. 11 No. 2

Author: Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN-CMC, CVRN-BC, CMSRN

Even though nursing is a profession of caring and compassion, bullying exists in many forms in it. Bullying threatens teamwork, morale, communication, and, most important, patient safety. The playground bully from our childhood has grown up to become our nursing colleague who is now bullying in the workplace (See Workplace . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Kate Sheppard, PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

For many of us, nursing isn’t just what we do; it’s who we are. Most of us became nurses because we care about people and want to make a difference in their lives.

Over time, nurses develop a nursing intuition and a working knowledge of disease and trauma . . .